Florida's 25th Congressional District elections, 2012

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Florida's 25th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
August 14, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Mario Diaz-Balart Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
David Rivera Republican Party
David Rivera.jpg

Florida U.S. House Elections
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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 25th Congressional District of Florida held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.
This is the 25th Congressional District prior to the 2010 redistricting.

Mario Diaz-Balart won re-election on November 6, 2012.[1]

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
June 8, 2012
August 14, 2012
November 6, 2012

Primary: Florida is one of 21 states to use a strictly closed primary system.

Voter registration: Voters were required to register to vote in the primary by July 16, 2012, which was 29 days before the primary took place.[2] (Information about registering to vote)

See also: Florida elections, 2012

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent was David Rivera (R), who was first elected in 2010. Rivera ran in the 26th District in 2012.[3]

This was the first election which used new district maps based on 2010 Census data. Florida's 25th Congressional District includes parts of Collier, Miami-Dade, Hendry, and Broward counties in southern Florida.[4]


General election candidates

Democratic Party No candidates have filed to run.
Republican Party Mario Diaz-Balart Green check mark transparent.png
Independent VoteforEddie.Com
Independent Stanley Blumenthal

August 14, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

No candidates have qualified on the Democratic ticket

Republican Party Republican Primary

Independent No Party Affiliation

Election results

U.S. House, Florida District 25 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMario Diaz-Balart Incumbent 75.6% 151,466
     Independent VoteforEddie.Com 8.5% 17,099
     Independent Stanley Blumenthal 15.8% 31,664
Total Votes 200,229
Source: Florida Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

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Blue vs. Red

Possible race ratings are:

     Solid Democratic
     Likely Democratic
     Lean Democratic


     Lean Republican
     Likely Republican
     Solid Republican

     Florida's 25th District is a solidly Republican district.

In June 2012, Sabato's Crystal Ball rated Florida's 25th as a solidly Republican district.[7]

Impact of redistricting

See also: Redistricting in Florida

In redistricting, the 21st District was renumbered as the 25th District.[8] Incumbent Mario Diaz-Balart, who had represented the 21st District since 2011, sought re-election.[8]

Prior to the 2010 redistricting, the 25th District included parts of Collier, Miami-Dade, and Monroe counties. It included the Miami-Dade municipalities of Homestead, Leisure City, and Cutler Bay.

The 25th District was re-drawn after the 2010 Census. The new district is composed of the following percentages of voters of the old congressional districts.[9][10]

District partisanship

FairVote's Monopoly Politics 2012 study

See also: FairVote's Monopoly Politics 2012

In 2012, FairVote did a study on partisanship in the congressional districts, giving each a percentage ranking (D/R) based on the new 2012 maps and comparing that to the old 2010 maps. Florida's 25th District became more Republican because of redistricting.[11]

  • 2012: 42D / 58R
  • 2010: 45D / 55R

Cook Political Report's PVI

See also: Cook Political Report's Partisan Voter Index

In 2012, Cook Political Report released its updated figures on the Partisan Voter Index, which measures each congressional district's partisanship relative to the rest of the country. Florida's 25th Congressional District has a PVI of R+9, which is the 120th most Republican district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by John McCain (R), 55-45 percent over Barack Obama (D). In 2004, George W. Bush (R) won the district 61-39 percent over John Kerry (D).[12]

District history

Candidate ballot access
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On November 2, 2010, David Rivera won election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Joe Garcia (D), Roly Arrojo (I) and Craig Porter (I) in the general election.[13]

U.S. House, Florida District 25 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Rivera 52.1% 74,859
     Democratic Joe Garcia 42.6% 61,138
     Tea Party Roly Arrojo 3% 4,312
     Florida Whig Party Craig Porter 2.3% 3,244
Total Votes 143,553

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